For the past few months, I have been quite intrigued about passion and purpose. I have inwardly known my passion since it came into my life at 15 but it is only now, 17 years later at 32, that I am living into it. It is one thing to mentally understand something, it is another to put it into practice. It is now that I am taking steps to live my passion and purpose.
There is only one soul I think of when the words passion, purpose and life spring to mind: Oprah.
Googling the words ‘living your best life Oprah’, I came across an article about a “Live Your Best Life” event. As great as it was, what got me thinking was not the article but the comments at the bottom of it. The comments were in the vein of these two: ‘Live your best life- they’re already living in flippin’ (location) you idiot’ or ‘My best life would be living in a small yet tasteful penthouse co-op unit overlooking Central Park in NYC. Oprah, how can I achieve this??’
Judging by their comments, which were posted less than six months ago, proves to me that they do not know what the phrase or action means. It proves to me they, along with many other people on this planet, think it means something external, that living your best life comes from the outside. If that were true, then money would rule the world. It does not rule the world nor should it be the main motivator. Living your best life does not come from the outside. It comes from within. To break it down, living your best life means that every day you are waking up and choosing love over like, love over hate, choosing to lead instead of follow, choosing passionate purpose instead of simply settling, choosing to thrive in the life you have chosen and the list continues.
Although I am not living my best life yet, I am working my way towards it and not simply settling in the life that I have created for myself. In my daily life now as I write this, I am taking the smallest steps that will propel me forward to fully do so. This may seem silly to you but it is all in the name of passionate purpose. I am choosing the mug that I love to drink my tea out of, I am choosing the frying pan that I love to cook my eggs and potatoes in the morning with, I am choosing the cutlery I love to eat with, I am choosing the pink marshmallow over the white when I order a hot chocolate. These small but loveable choices make me feel more confident in who I am which make me feel more confident in my larger choices, such as the upcoming release of my books of poems and quotes for the world to see, which is both my passion and purpose.
Being cognizant of our choices creates confidence which is when our best life begins and continues until eventually every facet of our lives is nothing but love. That is the meaning of living your best life.